Dr. Tedros Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the first African to hold the position of Director-General of the World Health Organization. (Photo: Valentin Flauraud / EPA, courtesy of NBC)
Track record in Ethiopia as Health Minister points to potential for transformational change for health in African communities
May 31, 2017 — Amref Health Africa, the largest African led international organization on the continent, today welcomed the election of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the next Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). He will be the first African to hold the position.
The following statement was issued by Dr. Githinji Gitahi, Group CEO, Amref Health Africa, from Geneva where he is attending the World Health Assembly.
“Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ commitment to Universal Health Coverage and the strengthening of health systems to prevent and control disease outbreaks is fully aligned with the Africa health agenda,” Dr. Gitahi said. “His track record as Minister of Health in Ethiopia in creating stronger, more effective health systems that helped Ethiopia to meet the Millennium Development Goal health targets points to his ability to lead transformational change that will ultimately save lives.”
Facing the highest global burden of disease, sub-Saharan Africa requires health leadership at the global level that is committed to developing human resources for health, enabling the delivery of innovative and sustainable health services that reach everyone, everywhere and driving the global agenda for investments in health.
“Amref Health Africa had the pleasure of working with Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during his tenure as Minister of Health in Ethiopia and we look forward to engaging closely with him for lasting health change in Africa as he takes on this new role.”